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Cape Town ePrix: Da Costa wins as Wehrlein crashes out

Season six Champion António Félix da Costa has won the Cape Town ePrix to claim his first win of the season. The Portuguese driver left it late to take the victory in South Africa, as he overtook Jean-Éric Vergne with just two laps remaining.


It was chaos as the lights went green as championship leader Pascal Wehrlein suffered a dramatic DNF, driving into the back of Sebastien Buemi and causing a full course yellow after just seven corners.


It was also a difficult day for Wehrlein’s current championship rival Jake Dennis who finished in a disappointing 13th place, nearly 40 seconds off the lead. This would’ve been a relief for the German-Mauritian Porsche driver, who will be looking to bounce back in Brazil.


It was a huge dent in both drivers’ championship standings, as da Costa and Vergne took advantage of their misfortunate to start and reel the top two in.


Pole-sitter Sacha Fenestraz, who set the fastest-ever Formula E lap in qualifying, lost the lead to Maserati driver Maximilian Günther on lap one but it wasn’t to last for the German though, who later hit the wall at turn three and didn’t finish the race.


Günther’s German counterpart René Rast had a fantastic start to the race and moved up four places from 10th in his McLaren.


Attack mode was yet again another key factor in the racing, with Jake Dennis and Lotterer the first to make use of it.


The lead changed hands numerous times as the race reached half distance, with Nick Cassidy, who would eventually finish in third place, leading with just 10 laps remaining, and it was drama until the checker as eventual winner da Costa and Frenchman Vergne battled it out to try and take the victory.


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